Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance Team Up Again for ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara’

Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg has lined up his next project: the historical thriller “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.” The film is an adaptation of the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kertzer. Tony Kushner (who previously wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar) adapted the screenplay. Mark Rylance, […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Watch the 25th Annual USC Scripter Awards Here Tonight

The USC Scripter awards are tonight and you can watch the live stream here at the Awards Circuit. At the Oscars, the category that will most likely reveal early on what will win Best Picture is Adapted Screenplay, where Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Chris Terrio (Argo), and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) will all go […]

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

Faithfully and successfully adapting an original source into a workable feature film screenplay often poses itself as a daunting task to even the most seasoned writers.  Combined with the constant concern of providing a captivating narrative to drive a story, the added pressure of doing justice to the source increases expectations.  Ranging from a stage […]

‘Argo’ Wins with Houston Film Critics Society

The Houston Film Critics Society has named Argo the best film of the year, and likewise bestowed its Best Director honors on the film’s helmer, Ben Affleck. Lincoln came in with the most nominations, and while it didn’t take home the big prize, the film still won for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), and […]

Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman […]

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Preview

New York, National Board of Review, and Boston have all pounced on the awards and rewarded Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty both Best Picture and Best Director.  Next up, the Los Angeles Film Critics will unveil their choices tomorrow.  Many believe this is an opportunity for either Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master or Ben Affleck’s […]

McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist last year chose the brilliant Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  The film won a total of three awards from the coveted group including Cinematography […]

New York Film Critics Winners Announced!!

Will be announced shortly!  Check back for the winners as they are announced!  My predictions are here. WINNERS Best Picture – Zero Dark Thirty!!!!! Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty Best Screenplay – Tony Kushner for Lincoln Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Best Actress – Rachel Weisz for The Deep […]

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category is competitive and with races like this, anything can happen.  Along with updating the official Oscar Predictions, I’ve updated the major precursors such as the Golden Globe Awards and […]

Snippet Review: ‘Lincoln’

In Lincoln, Steven Spielberg brings the 16th President’s turbulent final months in office to life, and with it bequeaths upon us one of the great history lessons in the annals of cinema. While President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) tries to unite a country by bringing an end to the Civil War, his principal focus is to […]

Lincoln (***½)

Steven Spielberg delivers his finest work since Minority Report (2002) with his politically charged and emotionally timely film, Lincoln.  Starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the pivotal role of Abraham Lincoln, the film tells the story of the last months of Lincoln’s presidency and his mission to abolish slavery during the time of the civil war. Tony […]